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Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

The Graduate School, on behalf of the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Team, will award Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDF). The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) is one of the sites eligible to host students for these fellowships.

The IDF awards will support outstanding Graduate School students whose current or proposed dissertation topic is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at an interdisciplinary research center or institute. These awards are intended to provide a unique study opportunity for the very best students whose research and scholarly interests complement those of the selected center or institute and its faculty. The student has the option of designating the center or institute that s/he believes is the best match with the student’s current or proposed dissertation topic, contingent upon a faculty member’s willingness to work with the student during the Fellowship year.

For students interested in the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) as host for their IDF, they must demonstrate how being hosted at ICGC, and working with one of its affiliated graduate faculty members, would enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the thesis work. ICGC will give priority to students who do not already hold ICGC Fellowships.

Application Process

Deadline to apply: Deadline announced in September, usually due mid-November, via an online form on the Graduate School page linked below. Instructions for 2022-23 are below: 


Internal Deadline for 2022-23 Applications:  October 18, 2021 (all your materials must be sent to ICGC as indicated in step 2 below by this date)

  1. Review the full instructions including eligibility requirements on the Graduate School IDF page
  2. Please submit all application materials by email to icgc@umn.edu. The subject line should read “IDF Application: Student Name” and materials should be submitted together in a single PDF. The deadline for sending the email with attached application materials is 4 p.m. October 18, 2021.

    You have two options for submitting materials. The preferred method is for the student’s Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or other departmental staff to compile and send all of the materials directly to ICGC. Or, the student may send the proposal, CV, transcript, and IRB/IACUC (if applicable), and ask the DGS to send the letters of support from an adviser and a faculty mentor separately. If the application is being sent in two parts, please indicate this in the body of the email. In either case, all materials should be submitted as a single PDF per email. This must be sent to ICGC by 4 p.m. October 18, 2021. The email subject line should read "IDF Application: NAME."

  3. ICGC will review IDF applications and notify applicants of a decision by early November. ICGC will provide a letter of support to the Director of Graduate Studies for students it recommends for these fellowships prior to the November 12, 2021 Graduate School deadline. Please contact ICGC Director Karen Brown with questions about this process. You are encouraged to contact ICGC prior to the deadline date to discuss your interest in the fellowship at ICGC or to discuss possible faculty mentors.